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Sleep Cage or...? Nighttime Routine

How do you handle nighttime routine? My 13 week old GCC gets covered at night/plus lights out so he gets 11 hours of sleep. (Sometimes 10, sometimes 12, I have a herd of human children so things tend to fluctuate.) Our house is open floor plan, so once we cover Pickles we all head upstairs, turn off lights so the "Baby" gets some sleep. However, he then sits (even in 100% complete darkness) and makes the saddest flock cry whine. It is different than his usual flock cry. (It really does sound like a cry, I know I know, he's a bird, not a human but it definitely sounds like he is a sad baby wanting his flock.) Would it be better to have a sleep cage in our bedroom? Continue the routine and hope he adapts? I usually let him "cry it out" but it makes me so sad, since he is so young. I'm such a mom, ha.

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Re: Sleep Cage or...? Nighttime Routine

If this "cry" is consistent, you might try a sleep cage in your bedroom. Need not be large, big enough to easily stretch wings. However, if you do so, be aware it might be permanent!
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Re: Sleep Cage or...? Nighttime Routine

I have 0 experience here, but I would try either the sleep cage up in the room with hushed tones after he goes to sleep, or try putting hushed music - sort of like white noise for babies - on in the room when he's falling asleep. The gentle sound (not loud enough to stimulate waking activity, but loud enough to make it feel like he's not alone) might help curb the loneliness so he sleeps.
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